Thursday, December 9, 2010

Apple Releases Firmware Update for MacBook Air

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Apple has released an EFI firmware update for all 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs.

About MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.0
This update resolves a rare issue where MacBook Air boots or wakes to a black screen or becomes unresponsive. This update is recommended for all 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air (late 2010) models.

The MacBook Air EFI Update will update the EFI firmware on your notebook computer. Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your MacBook Air restarts, a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Do not disturb or shut off the power on your MacBook Air during this update.

You can download the update by selecting Software Update from the Apple menu at the top left of you screen.


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App Store Promo Codes Go International, Will Not Be Available for Mac App Store

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Apple has announced that App Store Promo Codes will be available to international customers; however, App Store promo codes will not be available for the Mac App Store.

Mackinando posted the following notice from Apple.

Your promo code distribution is no longer limited to U.S. customers. Promo codes in iTunes Connect can now be redeemed by all App Store customers worldwide. Your Team Agent can request 50 codes per version of your app in iTunes Connect and your customers can redeem these codes in any App Store. To learn more about requesting promo codes in iTunes Connect, see the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.

MacStories notes that in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide Apple mentions that promo codes are exclusive to iOS and won’t be available for Mac apps:

Promo Codes button (for iOS apps only). See the Requesting Promo Codes section to learn about promotional codes)

Promotional codes are not available for Mac OS X apps.




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Apple Updates iOS Push Notifications to Use 2048-bit Certificate

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Apple has announced that it will begin using a more secure 2048-bit TLS/SSL certificate for push notifications starting December 22, 2010.

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On December 22, 2010, the production Apple Push Notification service will begin to use a 2048-bit TLS/SSL certificate that provides a more secure connection between your provider server and the Apple Push Notification service.

To ensure you can continue to validate your server's connection to the Apple Push Notification service, you will need to update your push notification server with a copy of the 2048-bit root certificate from Entrust's website. This will not require a change to your iOS apps -- this update only applies to provider servers.

If you have been successfully validating the certificate chain in the APNs sandbox environment, you already have the root certificate you need. Simply install the same root certificate on your production push provider servers.

More details on validating your provider communication channel can be found in the Provider Communication with Apple Push Notification service section of the Local and Push Notification Programming Guide.




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Parallels Ad Spoofs Avatar and Eminem's 'Not Afraid' [Video]

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Check out this crazy video for Parallels that spoofs Avatar and Eminem's 'Not Afraid'.

This is a spoof of Eminem's "Not Afraid" set in a Microsoft-inspired office and an Apple-inspired Avatar world. Look out for "Mech-Steve" Ballmer and "Navi-Steve" Jobs going head-to-head!


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